Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*December 16, 2004

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Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: December 16, 2004
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://biosci.umn.edu/~mou/
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel (ahertzel@sihope.com)

This is the Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 16th.

GREAT GRAY OWLS and NORTHERN HAWK OWLS continue to be easy to find north of Duluth. Check along St. Louis County Road 7 in the Sax-Zim area. Note that residents from the bog area are asking birders to pull off completely to the sides of roads. And please continue to report northern owl observations with locations and dates.

Mike Hendrickson reported a BOREAL OWL in Duluth on the 14th, just north of the intersection of Maxwell Street and Elm Street, though the bird has not been seen since. From Glenwood Street go north on Jean Duluth Road for about three miles to West Tischer Road, then go east to Maxwell and then south to Elm.

Also in Duluth, a SNOWY OWL was along Piedmont Avenue on the 9th.

Both BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER were reported from the Spruce Road, which turns north off state highway 1 about fourteen miles northwest of Lake County Road 2.

At least two TUFTED TITMICE are visiting the feeders at Jon Peterson's home in Wabasha, Wabasha County. Drive a mile and a half west of U.S. Highway 61 on County Road 77, then turn left at fire call C4.

The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE is still present on the Ann Lake Campground Road in Sherburne County, being reported as recently as the 12th. On the 11th, a Townsend's Solitaire was at Grand Portage in Cook County along state highway 61. Also in Cook County, a VARIED THRUSH was at a feeder at mile marker 210 along the Old Ski Hill Road which turns west off the Gunflint Trail at mile marker 210. Another Varied Thrush was seen on the 13th at 3683 Pineview Drive in Vadnais Heights, Ramsey County. A Varied Thrush has been in Coon Rapids, Anoka County yard for the past two weeks. And in Pennington County, Loren Race had a Varied Thrush visit his feeding station in the town of Goodridge on December 13th.

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The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday December 23rd.

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